Patterns of information usage in inter-firm processes

Xinlin Tang, Robert Hornyak, Arun Rai

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Abstract

Faced with intense competition in the marketplace and aided by advances in information technology, firms are recognizing the importance of inter-firm cooperation and knowledge sharing. Previous research on this topic has implicitly assumed that firms will use the shared information in the same manner and has not examined the distinction between information sharing and information usage in the inter-firm context. We argue that shared information can be used for exploitative or explorative purposes or a combination of both. We draw on boundary management and coordination theory to examine how the digital capability of firms to represent and assess information across organizational boundaries and the allocation of decision rights affect information usage patterns during the course of inter-firm information processing. Our analysis of multiple case studies shows that inter-firm learning requires both effective digital boundary objects and proper decision rights allocation to facilitate its occurrence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAssociation for Information Systems - 12th Americas Conference On Information Systems, AMCIS 2006
Pages185-194
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event12th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2006 - Acapulco, Mexico
Duration: Aug 4 2006Aug 6 2006

Publication series

NameAssociation for Information Systems - 12th Americas Conference On Information Systems, AMCIS 2006
Volume1

Other

Other12th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2006
CountryMexico
CityAcapulco
Period8/4/068/6/06

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Keywords

  • Case study
  • Coordination theory
  • Exploitation
  • Exploration
  • Patterns of information usage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Information Systems

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Tang, X., Hornyak, R., & Rai, A. (2006). Patterns of information usage in inter-firm processes. In Association for Information Systems - 12th Americas Conference On Information Systems, AMCIS 2006 (pp. 185-194). (Association for Information Systems - 12th Americas Conference On Information Systems, AMCIS 2006; Vol. 1).